• Mar 10, 2011
2012 Ford Taurus SHO spy shots - Click above for high-res image gallery

Our elite squad of spy photographers has managed to nab a few photos of the 2012 Ford Taurus SHO splashing through the rain. Word on the street is that Ford has a few aesthetic changes for the sedan in the pipes as well as a serious boost in power. Steve Ling, the company's North American car marketing manager, recently dropped a big-fat hint that the SHO would soon boast 400 ponies. That's a full 35 more horsepower than the current generation SHO, though word is that the extra pep will come from the same Ecoboost 3.5-liter V6 engine.

In addition to the new muscle, it looks like the 2012 Taurus SHO will wear new headlights as well as re-sculpted front valance. A new cross-hatch grille is shown in these shots, and a slightly altered hood may also be in plat. The whole package is intended to give the SHO a little more breathing room from the rest of its more subdued kin. That's all well and good, but we're still convinced the SHO needs better brakes more than it needs additional power. Hopefully improved stoppers are part of the 2012 updo as well.



[Source: Chris Doane for Brenda Priddy & Co.]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Maybe they would not need to upgrade the brakes... if they were able to trim some weight out of that car. It does not really matter if it has 365 or 400 hp when it weights almost 4400 lbs!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well, Ford's been making improvements on other vehicles in the braking department (Edge, for example), so hopefully they know it's an issue on the Taurus.

      I'd be more interested in seeing a 300+hp Fusion than a 400hp Taurus anyways.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'd be more interested in seeing a 300+hp Focus with AWD than a 300+hp Fusion anyways.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yeah, I think rather about a 300hp AWD Fiesta. ;)
        • 3 Years Ago
        Two can play this game...How about a 250hp AWD Fiesta?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Oh believe me, their engineers know that the SHO's brakes need work. Car & Driver complained about them, and when Inside Line compared a 2010 SHO to a 2009 G7 Sport, the SHO's brakes started smoking after a few hard stops.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great car. But there is no way getting around how massive this thing is.... Lets hope the SHO will rock our socks off.

      Here are my issues with the Taurus:
      1. The Center console; its massive. It should be lowered 2-3 in. and thinned out about 3 also. I have more room in the Ford Fusion, a smaller car than this behemoth. It takes away the only reason to have a car of this size (room).

      2. Interior styling makes the car feel bulkier than it is. Door handle feels cheap. and gearbox needs to be sleeker, like Fusion and others (not like old Explorer)

      3. Can hardly backout with the massive rear end and slit rear window.

      I'm no Ford hater, overall great products. Just need to change this before a Taurus can go in my driveway.....
        • 3 Years Ago
        It's pretty amazing that they actually managed to create something with worse visibility than a Charger and something with a large interior that still manages to feel claustrophobic.
      • 3 Years Ago
      They need to make it handle better.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Could that be the real HP of the cop version? I only saw 365+ HP for the police interceptor.

      The SHO should be like the Blues Brothers, Cop brakes, Cop shocks, Cop etc... Just not the interior.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks great!
      • 3 Years Ago
      What this car really needs is a real transmission
      • 3 Years Ago
      Its difficult to tell whether or not the brakes on this mule have been upgraded. I don't think the transmission and driveline can handle 400 hp, though.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think the SHO is already a great car and it already has a good looking face so why update the front and not the rear?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Aerodynamics are important on the rear side of a car as well. Rear diffuser, spoiler, trunk deck height, etc. etc.
        • 3 Years Ago
        This might be a cooling test mule.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Just because there are no rear changes on THIS mule doesn't mean there aren't any at all. Often the front of the car is tested before anything else for things like cooling and aerodynamics. There really isn't much to test on the rear.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have had a SHO for a few months and I disagree with the complaints about the interior, size, and weight. First off, it's a little shorter than the 1986-1999 Taurus cars. Second, the problem with the handling is more the tires than anything else. The Michelin's are a good tire, but they are not the best tire in reguards to performance. The tires have too much give in corners and they tend to break loose. They are not the greatest in winter weather either. The brakes are good in an emergency stop, but they are by no means good enough for a car this size. As far as the suspeision, it's plenty stiff. The ride height is relalatively low, but there's already lowering srings for those who would like the car to be even lower. Believe me, I just blew a tire yesterday on a sink hole, the car is plenty low. I would've preferred the manual mode to be incorperated into the shifter like Caddilac and BMW, but they are useful if you are in a situation where you want to hold gears and second gear start. The visibility out of the rear windows is mediocre, but the rear camera solves that issue. As far as performance, this is a mid to high 13 second car off the lot. There are tunes availible for this car already that bumps the horsepower to 465 without any mechanical changes. It should be noted that the SHO is tuned to run off of 87 octane gas from ford. Forced induction cars tuned to run on regular doesn't happen typically, so resetting the computer to run 93 octane puts this car into the mid 12's. From what I can tell, this car feels artificially slow, like making a thoroughbred horse a harness racer. For the price, there is really no better new sports sedan. It's a fast family sedan, that's what it is made to be. Enormous trunk, seats 5 adults well, and s comfortable. The ecoboost MKS is about 55k and all you get is a different dash board and better leather on the seats. The 2011 is the evolution of the 500/Taurus platform. I had a 2008 Taurus and Ford has done a wonderful job of improving that car to what it is now.

      For those who suggest an ecoboost Fusion would be a better option, keep this in mind. Base price for a SHO is 34k (all SHO's are awd twin turbo), base price for a Fusion sport is 29k. Ecoboost the Fusion and you most likely be at 34k. There are better cars in that size and price combo that would be a better choice, namely the Infiniti G37 and the Acura Tl, which I drove. AT that price the ecoboost Fusion couldn't compete with those cars.

      As far as the interceptor, I have seen the production model in person. It's a SHO with bigger brakes and a police spec interior and 16 inch steel wheels. It keeps the fabric back seat, so that's good news for anybody who finds themselves in the back of one.

      The only competition for the SHO in the price and class range was the G8 GXP.
      • 3 Years Ago
      So...uhm...does this bode anything at all for the 2012 F150? Do I upgrade this year, or wait? I know...off topic, and I love this new S.H.O. (could never call it the "SHO" - sounds queer)...but I need a truck more, and a 400 horsie turbo F150 S/Crew 4X would be a little on the sa-weet! side. Not like it's a dog now. But then it could hunt and gut fish.
        • 3 Years Ago
        So what...you say you wonder if they'll stick this engine in an F150 and suddenly you get down voted?

        It's not like I pulled a Dan Fredrickson shouting it should have been electric or you'll all die a horrible death.
      • 3 Years Ago
      In the "Pony War" discussions why isn't the SHO included? If the Dodge Charger in all it's four door mayhem is included, why not the SHO?

      Things that make you go Hmmmm!
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